The Future of Holland Gardens
Recent News and Updates
On October 29, 2019, the JCHA hosted and livestreamed the second Quarterly Holland Gardens Resident Community Meeting at the Holland Gardens Community Center. At this meeting, the JCHA presented Holland Gardens residents with a comprehensive overview of the Right to Return Policy adopted by the JCHA Board of Commissioners in October. To view the video of the session and the presentation, CLICK HERE.
Built in 1944, close to the Holland Tunnel, Holland Gardens is a family public housing site operated and maintained by the Jersey City Housing Authority that consists of 5 low-rise apartment buildings containing 192 public housing units. In 2019, the JCHA Board of Commissioners approved a resolution directing the JCHA to explore and evaluate potential strategies for the revitalization of Holland Gardens in order to address the aging infrastructure of the site and quality of life concerns of residents.
Holland Gardens Visioning
From January through June of 2019, the JCHA sponsored a Visioning Process with the residents of Holland Gardens. To facilitate the process, JCHA retained the services of Kitchen & Associates (K&A), an architecture and planning firm highly experienced in affordable housing and urban redevelopment. Together, JCHA senior staff and K&A planners conducted a series of workshops and resident meetings that actively engaged residents and encouraged them to share ideas, evaluate alternatives, and come together on how the future of the Holland Gardens site would unfold. The success of this visioning process was driven by significant and consistent participation from Holland Gardens residents, who remained active and engaged throughout its entirety. Throughout the Visioning Process, Holland Gardens residents considered a wide variety of redevelopment options, and the resulting vision reflects the perspectives of the majority of Holland Gardens residents who participated. The final Visioning Process document can be viewed here.
Resident Relocation & Site Redevelopment
The results of the Visioning Process were approved by JCHA’s Board of Commissioners on July 10, 2019. Prior to starting the redevelopment process, the JCHA must go through a series of steps that involve review and/or approval by the JCHA Board of Commissioners, HUD and the City of Jersey City (See “What Happens Next?” Infographic).
Relocation of Holland Gardens residents is not anticipated to begin until Fall of 2021 at the earliest. The JCHA has committed to a one-to-one replacement of Public Housing (ACC) units upon completion of the project and continues to meet with Holland Gardens residents on a quarterly basis to provide revitalization updates and information about relocation (click here to view livestreamed videos of relocation sessions and documents from meetings).
To protect the right to relocation assistance and ability to return to the project upon completion of the revitalization, current Holland Gardens residents should not leave their unit until receiving a written “Notice of Relocation Eligibility” (anticipated Summer 2020) and meeting with their assigned Relocation Counselor at least one time (anticipated Winter 2021--Summer 2021).
All comments and questions can be submitted through this website by filling out the comment form or by:
Filling out the comment cards located at the Holland Gardens main office and the JCHA’s executive building.
Contacting the JCHA’s Department of Development, Modernization and Sustainability at firstname.lastname@example.org or (201)-706-4628.